2 of my guys (felv -) have tested positive for bartonella and were put on 
antibiotics.  They really did no good.  They have had most of their teeth 
removed.  I was told it was very common, but didn't always result in symptoms.

Amy Weygandt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
  Hi All,

I really haven't been very active on this group over
the past couple years so I'm not sure whether this has
been discussed or not. I have a young child in my
home and this year my vet recommended having my leuk
positive cats tested for Bartonella. They are seen
every 6 months for full blood work ups. I have 5 cats
that have been here for several years and have never
had fleas in our home but tested anyways. Three have
been tested so far and two came back positive and are
on medication for 21 days. The other two are being
tested next week. 

Just wanted to mention this as my cats have always
seemed healthy other than some mild gingivitis. Even
my one cat with perfect teeth and gums tested
positive. My vet said she just started testing for
this recently and they are seeing tons of positive
cases, almost 50% of those being tested are positive. 

Do any of you have vets that have recommended this
testing? My vet is a dear friend and would never
recommend something just to make money. She was just
concerned because of our child and cat scratch fever. 
Wanted to make sure others are aware that this disease
seems to be fairly common now as many of us take in
rescues, strays, etc. That's how I got all mine and
I'm guessing they have had this all along :( I feel
bad I didn't test sooner.


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